Dutchman rides 72% more kilometers on e-bike
The Dutch are increasingly using electric bicycles. In 2013, a total of 1,5 billion kilometers were driven on an e-bike; in 2017, it was 2,2 billion kilometers. In those four years, the number of e-bike journeys increased by 72%. This is what KiM, the Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy (Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid), says, an organization that provides information to the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment.
E-bike to work
According to KiM’s research, the Dutch used their e-bikes 257 million times in 2013. Four years later, it was already 442 million times. The study also shows that the contribution of the elderly (over-65) to the total distance traveled by e-bike has decreased. Between 2013 and 2017, their share decreased from 54% to 46%. In the same period, the share of people who used an e-bike for work increased from 18 to 23%.
A reason for the further increase in the use of e-bikes for commuting is because an increasing number of young people and middle-aged people are purchasing e-bikes instead of the elderly in particular. It is no coincidence that the e-bike was last year the best-selling type of bicycle in the Netherlands for the first time.
More young mothers on the e-bike
Added together, the number of e-bike users grew by 74% between 2013 and 2017, to more than two million Dutch people. To gain even more insight, KiM has researched the use of e-bikes by five specific groups. This analysis shows that the group with the largest increase in the use of e-bikes are younger part-time working women with children. For them, the use of e-bikes increased by more than 150% in five years.
The younger, the less use of the e-bike
The use of the e-bike by full-time employees, both men and women, also increased considerably during this period, by 130%. Among this group, the share of work-related journeys by e-bike is the highest. Their share is likely to increase next year: from 1 January 2020, the Netherlands will be able to offer not only the ‘company car’ but also the ‘company bicycle’.
The use of the e-bike also increased considerably among schoolchildren and students, although this group is still small. Only 2% of all e-bike users belong to this group.
Belgium follows the trend
In 2018, 503.119 bicycles were sold in Belgium, an increase of 4% compared to the previous year. E-bikes had a market share of almost 50%, compared to 45% in 2017, and 39% in 2016.
The sale of the speed pedelecs is also on the rise: around 25.000 models were sold in 2019 compared to 11.000 in 2018.